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. the chinese keep asking us, are you changing policy on east asia? no, we're not changing policy. our policy has always been to be engaged in east asia. that goes back to the founding of the republic. but we were paying primary attention to the middle east during the period when asia was changing rapidly and creating regional institutions, and we were not paying adequate attention. we are paying more attention to the region. that is not the same as a policy shift. >> when we think of that part of the world, we think of china, south korea, japan. who else should we keep an eye on? >> indonesia. 85% of the population are muslims. the largest muslim population of anywhere in the world, but more christians than the population of australia. this is a diverse country. our national slogan is "e pluribus unum." in indonesia, it is "unity in diversity." they have this enormous number of ethnic groups, languages, and they have been able to make a go of the country. >> this is what came to me as i was preparing for the conversation. years ago, and i mean years ago, my mother used to say -- god bless he
and former assistant secretary of state for east asian and pacific affairs. tell us about the background, what is its mission? >> congress established us in 1984 in the wake of the vietnam war. there was talk that went back to george washington's time to have some sort of a peace institution but nothing grab hold in congress frankly until the impact of the vietnam war was deeply felt in this country. a series of senatorial supporters passed legislation, establishing the institute with a very broad and flexible charter, which was to try to strengthen the capacity of this country to deal with conflict other than with military means. that is the broad charter that we have now operator under for over a quarter of this century. the real takeoff of this institution began when the cold war ended. during the cold war, the superpowers dominated world affairs. with the collapse of the soviet union, we sought it was not a peaceful world and suddenly there were different kinds of conflicts in haiti, somalia, the balkans, and of course more recently in various middle eastern countries. the big democr
washington used to own. basically what we have now is a predominance of career politicians, people who may or may not have spent much time in the real world before they entered politics. then they come to washington, which is definitely not the real world, and are out of touch with reality. i think there is a growing disconnect between those who are our elected representatives and those who they represent. >> let me go in this direction because there is something in the book that i found very humorous, and i think it is jefferson who talked about congress being made up of lawyers. as i recall, 56% of people in the senate are lawyers, 36% or 37% in the house. is that a good thing or a bad thing? >> some people have argued that if we exported half of our lawyers, we would not only help the economy but the balance of trade because we would be better off and the other side would be worse off. there are good lawyers, but the factor of the matter is we need a better cross-section of america. >> people who have been in the trenches to know how to run a business. >> the thought it during -- the fo
mubarak. >> as long as it harbors bad intentions towards us, we don't want aid from anyone. >> the wedding is a gathering of religious and political faithful. that is the limit of her ambition. >> women should not take part in governing the country at all. there are emotional and should not govern. as a man, i am not allowed to participate in her part of the wedding. in the new democratic egypt, where the brotherhood's leaders be more pragmatic than the grass roots? their views are not so clear. they represented the brothers to change the constitution. he doesn't want a christian or a woman to run egypt. >> they should not occupy the highest posts of the presidency. it is the same policy in greece, spain, and england. we are the majority. >> women are not a minority. they make up half of the population. >> we are talking about who will lead the people in prayer. islam gives women all the rights except for the right to do that. how can a woman lead the people in prayer? >> most egyptians are muslims, but not everyone wants an islamic state. the proposed changes -- the brotherhood's apparent
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